The Clark University Board of Trustees appointed four new members on July 1, and welcomed a familiar face back for another term.
New members are Jason M. Barnett ’90 of Irvington, N.Y., Vickie H. Riccardo, P ’17, of Darien, Conn., and Wendi G. Trilling ’86 of Los Angeles, who were appointed to six-year terms, and Mona Domosh ’79, M.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’85, of Lebanon, N.H., who was elected by her fellow alumni for a six-year term. Former board member Robert J. Stevenish, P ’86, of Norwalk, Conn., was appointed to a term of six years.
The board also reappointed Robert J. Stevenish II ’86 and Peter D. Klein ’64, both of whom will serve for four more years.
Jason Barnett is a founding managing partner of RXR Realty LLC, where he serves as vice chairman, general counsel, and secretary of the company. In addition to being responsible for all legal and compliance matters, Barnett oversees transactional activities and corporate initiatives. He is also the senior executive vice president, general counsel and member of the Board of Directors of RNY Property Trust, a public real estate company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Barnett is a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and Real Estate Board of New York, and is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. He attended the London School of Economics and earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.
Mona Domosh is The Joan P. and Edward J. Foley, Jr. Professor in the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College, where she has been on the faculty since 2000. From 2010 to 2013, she served as chair of the department. Dr. Domosh is a cultural-historical geographer, with research interests in early (pre-1920) United States-based globalization; examining in what ways ideas of femininity, masculinity, consumption, and “whiteness” played into American empire-building during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; understanding the connections between gender, class and the cultural formation of large American cities in the 19th century; and exploring feminist perspectives in relationship to matters of space and place. She has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books and over 50 more than chapters and articles in academic journals. In April 2014, Dr. Domosh was elected president of the American Association of Geographers, a national organization that serves more than 10,000 members. Dr. Domosh and her husband reside in Lebanon, N.H.
Vickie Riccardo has degrees from William & Mary (B.A.’76), Rutgers University (M.L.S. ’80) and Rutgers Law School (J.D. ’86). She is a retired attorney who has a lengthy history of public service in Darien, Conn., and the surrounding community. Riccardo was a member of Darien’s elected Representative Town Meeting from 1999-2006, where she served on several committees, including Rules, Planning Zoning and Housing, Public Safety, and Town Government Structure and Administration. She served as chairman of the town’s Charter Revision Commission (2006-2008), and was elected to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2009. In 2012, she joined Darien’s Environmental Protection Commission, and has served as its chairman since 2013. A former at-large board member of the Darien League of Women Voters, she has also volunteered with the Darien Democratic Town Committee. Riccardo is interested in education and advocacy for children with special needs. Like many parents, she worked with her local Parent Teacher Organization. She was the founder and manager of an LLC for transportation to the Windward School, an independent school for dyslexic children. Prior to her extensive volunteering, Riccardo worked as a securities lawyer for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and was an associate in the New Jersey law firm of Manger, Kalison, Murphy & McBride. She also worked as the corporate law librarian for The Prudential Insurance Company of America, while completing her M.L.S. and J.D. degrees. She and her husband have two daughters. The younger is currently a Clark University student.
Robert Stevenish is the retired president and chief operating officer of Modell’s Sporting Goods in New York City. Prior to this appointment, he served as CEO of Trilegiant Corporation and as a senior executive at other major retailers such as Montgomery Ward and JC Penney where he spent 27 years in senior management positions. Stevenish is the chairman of the Audit Committee of Myron Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for TZP Group, The Edelweiss Fund - Zurich, and Stew Leonard’s. Previously, he served on the boards of Modell’s Sporting Goods, One Price Clothing Stores, Fedco Retail Stores, Vitesse Limousine and Air Charter Corporation, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He has served as a consultant of Vantage Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sach’s Inc., and currently is a consultant to DeMatteo Monness LLC. He and his wife Isabella have two grown children and live in Norwalk, Conn.
Wendi Trilling graduated with a B.A. in screen studies from Clark University in 1986. She has served as the Executive Vice President, Comedy Development at CBS Entertainment in Los Angeles since 2004. She is the programming executive responsible for developing the network’s most successful comedies, including “Everybody loves Raymond,” “The King of Queens,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother,” among others. Trilling serves as event committee chair for The Alliance for Children’s Rights “Right to Laugh” annual comedy event. She is also involved with Food Allergy Research and Education and PS1 Pluralistic School. She and her husband Stephen have twin sons and reside in Los Angeles.